Stadium Merdeka or Stadium Bukit Jalil?
11 Jan 2013 01:40am
KUALA LUMPUR: Confusion reigns over where the People’s Uprising Rally this Saturday will be held as at around 7pm last night, the police suggested that the rally should be held at Stadium Bukit Jalil instead of Stadium Merdeka.
In a press release last night, Kuala Lumpur police chief Mohmad Salleh said Stadium Merdeka will not cope with a one million turnout targeted by the organisers, Malaysiakini.com reported.
Mohmad said Stadium Merdeka has a capacity of 30,000 and noted that the venue management has set a condition that the organisers must not exceed the capacity.
“In view of the organiser’s goal of gathering one million participants, it is logical to hold the the rally at Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil.
“(The venue) is more suitable and comfortable because it has a bigger capacity and is accessible by public transport, including LRT, and fulfils security needs,” he said.
However, there has been no official announcement from the organisers of the rally who are mostly from Pakatan Rakyat.
PKR national vice president Tian Chua tweeted at 9.04pm: “Police U-turn on rally in Stdm Merdeka: PDRM flip-flop, PM flip-flop, but the people will not U-turn! Our voice will be heard on #KL112.”
At 1.34am, he tweeted: ”Midnight just now Organizing Committee of #KL112 met at PAS HQ, re: KL CPO’s “suggestion” for shifting rally venue to Bkt Jalil.”
If the organisers stick to the original plan of holding it at Stadium Merdeka – and they had already obtained permission to hold it there – a confrontation with the police looks likely.